Messi hair: Barber shaves player’s image into fans’ hair for World Cup

Mario Hvala, a barber in Serbia, is offering fans a “hair tattoo”, shaving the likeness of players including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo into the backs of their heads.

But the barber’s prowess doesn’t stop at footballers. He’s previously shaved the likes of Novak Djokovic, and even Kim Jong Un into people’s hair.

He said the craze started nine years ago, when someone asked him to do “something different” with his hair, and he ended up sculpting a tarantula into his mane with a cut-throat razor.

Mr Hvala said: “The portraits are the most complex when doing the ‘hair tattoos’.

“It takes five to seven hours.

“When I made Ronaldo’s portrait I got many positive comments and people were amazed.”

Last year, he told Tattoo Club Srbija he took a long time to plan the design, as well as where it would be best to place it on a person’s head.

The designs can start to lose their definition eight to 10 days after customers have their head shaved, because of the rate hair grows.

The 35-year-old charges €150 (£132) for one of the tattoos, compared with €8 (1,000 dinars/£7) for a standard cut.

But Sreten Pantic, 35, who chose Ronaldo, and Aleksa Maricevic, 27, who went for Messi, had their designs for free.

It’s not the first time in Mr Hvala’s seat for Mr Maricevic.

He said: “The first one was of Russian president Vladimir Putin.”

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